Tell the President to Pardon C.I.A. Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado.

This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction.

Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such, Jeffrey is a whistleblower.

Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters Without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband.

President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined.

An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon.

Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you.

— Holly Sterling

Petition to
President Barack Obama
We request the immediate pardon of Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower.

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    Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
    55287 17 hours ago Julie Torgeson Tokyo, CA , JP
    55286 19 hours ago Cyril O'Reilly Los Angele, CA , US
    55285 1 day ago Anonymous Lynchburg, VA , US
    55284 1 day ago Charity McBride Brazil, IN , US
    55283 1 day ago Anonymous Bridgewater, NJ , US
    55282 2 days ago Anita Glover Gainesville, GA , US
    55281 3 days ago Adam Broome VT , US
    55280 3 days ago LISA KELSEY OLYMPIA, WA , US
    55279 4 days ago Paul Cav lithonia, GA , US
    55278 5 days ago William A. Talbott Monrovia, CA , US
    55277 6 days ago Caryn Broitman MA , US
    55276 1 week ago Debbie Weaver Durham, NC , US Mr. Sterling should most definately be pardoned but also be celebrated asthe hero that he is.
    55275 1 week ago Jonathan Bailin, Ph.D. Los Angeles, CA , US
    55274 1 week ago T Garmon Dawsonville, GA , US THIS INNOCENT WHISTLEBLOWER MUST BE RELEASED.....NOW !!!
    55273 1 week ago Aaron R DC , US
    55272 2 weeks ago Joseph B Jolicoeur Rodrigues, ot , MU
    55271 2 weeks ago Alice Witte Phoenix, AZ , US
    55270 2 weeks ago Karen Winstedt Schuyler, VA , US
    55269 2 weeks ago Saadia Khan SURREY, BC , CA
    55268 2 weeks ago Debbie Steele kissimmee, FL , US
    55267 3 weeks ago Bill Schwalb SF, CA , US President Obama:

    I call upon you to immediately pardon whistle blowers Jeffrey Sterling and Chelsea Manning. Their conduct has been that of persons of conscience and a deep love of this cou...
    55266 3 weeks ago Anonymous Boston , MA , US
    55265 3 weeks ago Frances Sansone Brooksville , FL , US Pardon Jeffrey Sterling.
    55264 3 weeks ago Rich Newman New York City, NY , US
    55263 3 weeks ago Dennis Leslie Evansville, IN , US PARDON NOW!!!
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    >>  AFP: "Pardon Sought for Ex-CIA Officer in Leak Case"
    >>  Marcy Wheeler, ExposeFacts: "Sterling Verdict Another Measure of Declining Government Credibility on Secrets"
    >>  Norman Solomon, The Nation: "CIA Officer Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to Prison: The Latest Blow in the Government's War on Journalism"
    >>  Reporters Without Borders: "Jeffrey Sterling Latest Victim of the U.S.' War on Whistleblowers"
    >>  ExposeFacts: Special Coverage of the Jeffrey Sterling Trial
    >>  BBC News: "Jeffrey Sterling's Trial by Metadata"
    >>  Documentary film: "The Invisible Man: NSA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling"

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